One such technique is what veterans call ďfruit thinningĒ done during the early stages of fruits growing from trees. The less fruits to pay attention to, the more nutrients are sent efficiently to the leftover fruits. If there are hundreds of fruits in a tree, these fruits then compete for the available materials necessary for growth and the result is hundreds of stunted fruits. Pick a third of the fruits very early on in the process and expect to see larger fruits that season.
Another key in producing quality fruits is spacing. Fruits should not be too close to each other; keep them at least 6 to 8 inches apart. Donít keep the fruits crowded as this can result to smaller fruits. Keep this technique in mind during the fruit thinning process so you can help optimize the nutrition each fruit gets. This goes to show that it isnít always good to have tons of fruits starting to grow. This is something most tree growers overlook; so donít make the same mistake.
Unfortunately, there are just some things that are out of the gardenerís control. Cool weather can deter the growth of fruits especially during the process of cell division, and weather is something that we just canít do anything about. Also, when itís cloudy very early in the season, carbohydrates are less available to your plants. The fruits will drop to the ground even before they ripen if the factors are all against the well-being of your tree. Luckily, this rarely occurs.
Excessive pests and diseases, and lack of water or certain nutrients can also deter the growth of fruits. You should do more thinning if you notice these occurring early in the season. Sometimes you have to sacrifice three-fourths of the fruits to provide maximum nourishment to those that remain.